"Ms. Levels is an extraordinary educator." That is an understatement but it's the simplest way for former student Justin Kralemann to describe his favorite elementary school teacher, Cornelia Levels.
"At a very young age she taught me about the importance of a good education, embracing diversity, having a positive attitude in life and having a strong work ethic." said Justin Kralemann.
all great attributes that Justin has carried throughout his life, including a time right after college when he returned to Rockwood to leave a club.
"On the very first day of our staff meetings I introduced myself and I had seen Ms. Levels in the classroom and obviously we rekindled our friendship over that one year of me working here."
A friendship that continues today and grew even stronger after Justin presented Ms. Levels with our "Pay It Forward" award. Ms. Levels was overwhelmed, to say the least.
"I`m just out done, I mean you do this every day, you teach every day, and you hope you touch a life and you just don`t know until something like this happens." said Cornelia Levels.
In the classroom, Ms. Levels and her students have a special connection. These 5th graders love her, and the feeling is mutual.
"I always tell my students if you ever find a teacher who says I can`t learn anything from you go home and tell your parents you want to switch." said Cornelia Levels.
And if you find a teacher like Ms. Levels, you remain friends for life.